Thank you Jim Duquette … though it might cost your job

August 19, 2007 |

I’m glad someone in the Orioles organization finally had the you know whats to call out Erik Bedard. In roughly four years of being in the media, I have never encountered a person who I have zero desire to talk to or listen to talk as Bedard (including Barry Bonds, who during the four times that I’ve met him, was cordial towards the media).
 
The poor excuse used by some in the O’s P.R. department a couple of years ago of was: “He is not comfortable speaking English.” That went out the door real quick with me. I remember when Rudy Arias had to translate for Daniel Cabrera when he first got here, but that only lasted half a season because Daniel learned to speak the language well enough to carry on conversations with the media.
 
I can tell you first hand that I have had Erik’s former teammates say that he acts the way toward the media that he does because he thinks it is funny. Apparently, Erik’s disdain for the media started when he was out with a knee injury and felt like the media was questioning his desire to play when it took longer than expected to come back from the injury.
 
Before I get 25 e-mails saying that you do not care if Bedard talks to the media or not — and as long as he wins games, I agree with you. I am simply saying that I do not think it is very smart of him to treat people that way, and the worst-kept secret of all is that everyone knows he is doing it on purpose. There are people who have said to me privately that they think Sidney Ponson was not a good influence on Bedard when he was here. I know first hand that Sidney cussed out the media and an Orioles employee once, because he felt that the media was bothering Erik to soon after a game. "You will have plenty of ****ing time to talk to the guy when he has to go on the D.L., because you won’t let him work out.”

Just for the record, Bedard chose to come out and talk to the media on his own, for what it was worth.

 
Look, if Bedard goes on to win 15 Cy Young Awards, 6 World Series, throws 23 no-hitters, goes in to the Hall of Fame, and becomes the greatest left-handed pitcher in the game: good for him.

I just will not be there to listen to a word he has to say.

I made a promise to myself last year when it became apparent that he was being the way he is towards the media on purpose, that I would never stand and listen to anything he had to say, much less record it to be played on the air.

 
I plan on keeping that promise.

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